|Broadcast area||Greater Houston|
|Slogan||Música Con Buen Gusto|
|First air date||January 8, 1990|
|HAAT||598 meters (1,962 ft)|
|Transmitter coordinates||29°18′0″N 95°6′40″W / 29.30000°N 95.11111°W|
|Callsign meaning||"K LOVE" (former branding)|
Univision Communications |
(Univision Radio Illinois, Inc.)
Radio: KAMA-FM, KLAT, KLTN, KQBU-FM|
KOVE-FM (106.5 FM) is a Spanish-language radio station serving the Houston and Galveston areas from Galveston, Texas. KOVE-FM is owned by Univision Communications. The studios are in Uptown Houston and the transmitter is in Santa Fe, Texas.
This specific facility, licensed to Galveston in 1990, is in no way related to the previous Galveston station launched in 1968 as KGBC-FM (106.1 FM), then sold and moved to 106.5 FM, and re-licensed as KUFO in 1974. That facility, with shifting ownership and declining fortunes, became KXKX in 1979 and KQQK. The original 106.5 signed off forever in 1986, ultimately having its license cancelled by the FCC in March 1989.
This incarnation of 106.5 was licensed and signed on January 8, 1990, retaining the KQQK calls used by the former KUFO facility before its license was surrendered nearly a year earlier. The new KQQK became a wildly successful Tejano format, utilizing a bilingual approach in both music and presentation. It simply went by its dial position and calls, spoken as "1-oh-6-5, Kah-Koo-Koo-Kah".
The popular Tejano format proved to be a hit with 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican Americans living within the coverage area, and remained well rated, and a vital community asset until the format was ultimately moved to Beaumont in July 2001, on a rimshot signal to Houston, where the Tejano format was left, eventually collapsed and was replaced, leaving AM 980 KRTX as Houston's sole broadcast home for "Puro Tejano" music. This came as a result of the sale of the 106.5 facility from KQQK, Inc. (predecessor to El Dorado Communications) to the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation (predecessor to Univision).
With the format and calls of KQQK now officially moved to 107.9 in Beaumont, 106.5 temporarily assumed the KQBU callset and continued simulcasting KQQK for a brief period. Towards the end of July 2001, Spanish language Romantic Adult Contemporary "K-Love" debuted on KQBU, which coincided with the second call change inside a month to the current KOVE. K-Love would continue, with positive, sustainable ratings and cume, for the next decade. During this period, KOVE upgraded to the current Class C, 98 kilowatt, 598 meter HAAT operations.
Recuerdo, Más Variedad, and Amor
First given the name "Recuerdo", then adjusting to "Más Variedad", 106.5 has become a Spanish Adult Hits format that blends the larger hits of the grupero, regional Mexican and contemporary ballad music styles of Northern Mexico. Most of Más Variedad's music focuses on hits from the 80s and 90s, however, a small percentage of KOVE's playlist expands into more recent music offerings from the 21st Century. The station's slogan is "Más musica y Variedad", translated to English as "More Music and Variety".
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- "The Facilities of Radio". 1979 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1979. p. C-215.
- "Station Search Details (40427)". FCC Media Bureau. August 1, 1983. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
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